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Erik Estrada visits Virginia Capitol to lobby for police funding

Erik Estrada speaks in Richmond on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jill Watson Ross, Office of Majority Leader Morgan Griffith)

First Wayne Newton and Sissy Spacek came to Richmond for a star turn. Now it's Erik Estrada -- you remember, "Ponch" from "CHiPs."

Estrada, 60, appeared with Virginia House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith and Sen. Creigh Deeds on Wednesday for a bill that will raise money for two task forces on Internet crimes involving child pornography. "The Internet is a great tool for education and attaining information," he said. "It's also the greatest hangout for sexual predators."

The former fake cop has taken a real-life interest in police work: He's a certified member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and a reserve officer in Muncie, Ind., reports our colleague Anita Kumar.

And yes: The actor (that hair, the teeth!) looked remarkably like he did way back when, and was trailed by legislators, staffers and visitors who begged for photos.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 4, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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